City council displeased with city construction progress

    Philadelphia city council is scrutinizing the capital budget.
    Some council members want more progress made on city construction projects.

    As Philadelphia City Council scrutinized the capital budget,
    some council members say they want more progress made on city construction projects.

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    It’s clear some members are frustrated with the speed of capital project work, such as improvements to roofs and improvements to recreation centers and neighborhood facilities.

    Councilman Curtis Jones suggests the city should create its own neighborhood stimulus program.

    Jones:
    Is it cheaper to bid them out or should we take some smaller projects and serve as a GM, PM, CM and actually do the job where we could hire young people from the neighborhoods ourselves for a temporary time for the project so we could stimulate that local economy.

    Nutter administration officials say they understand council’s frustration with the speed of capital work, and they are doing their best to move projects forward.

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